Eckoh announces that it has issued 6,423,974 new ordinary shares in the capital of the Company (the “New Shares”) following an exercise of share options by Nik Philpot; Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
The options being exercised were granted under the 2012 Eckoh plc Long Term Incentive Plan (the 'Plan') and the number of New Shares that ultimately vested was subject to the satisfaction of share price targets which were comfortably exceeded well ahead of the earliest date of exercise, being 1 January 2016. Application will be made to the London Stock Exchange for the New Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM, with dealings expected to commence on 20 June 2017 ('Admission').
In addition, the Company also announces the following dealings by certain Eckoh Directors.
- Of the New Shares issued to Nik Philpot, 5,402,562 were sold on 13 June 2017 at a price of 44 pence, principally to cover the tax charge incurred immediately following the option exercise, and the balance of 1,021,412 were retained. As a result, Nik has increased his ordinary share holding in the Company by 17.4% to 6,876,285 ordinary shares, which will represent 2.74% of the Company's total voting rights, as enlarged following Admission.
- Chris Batterham, Non-Executive Chairman, notified Eckoh that on 13 June 2017 he sold 800,000 existing ordinary shares in the capital of the Company (the 'Ordinary Shares') at a price of 44 pence per Ordinary Share. This represents the first ever disposal for Chris, having steadily increased his holding since his appointment in July 2009 and is done in anticipation of his already announced retirement from the Eckoh board at the forthcoming annual general meeting. Following this sale, Chris holds 200,000 Ordinary Shares, representing 0.08 per cent. of the Company's total voting rights, as enlarged following Admission.
- Finally, Christopher Humphrey, Non-Executive Director and to be appointed Non-Executive Chairman following the Group's annual general meeting in September, notified Eckoh that on 13 June 2017 he purchased 200,000 Ordinary Shares at a price of 44 pence per Ordinary Share. Following this purchase, Christopher holds a total of 250,000 Ordinary Shares, representing 0.10 per cent. of the Company's total voting rights, as enlarged following Admission.
Following Admission, the Company will have a total of 250,723,520 Ordinary Shares in issue each carrying one voting right. The Company does not hold any Ordinary Shares in Treasury. Shareholders may use this figure of 250,723,520 Ordinary Shares as the denominator for the calculations by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the share capital of the Company under the FCA's Disclosure and Transparency Rules.
For further enquiries please contact:
Chrissie Herbert, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: 01442 458 300